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Monmouth Museum, Monmouth

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The Monmouth Museum, alternatively known as The Nelson Museum and Local History Centre, is a museum in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, south east Wales. It features a collection of artifacts associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson. The Museum is located in the old Market Hall in the town centre in Monmouth, a short distance from the River Monnow, Monmouth Castle and Agincourt Square.HistoryThe Nelson collection was a bequest to the town of Monmouth upon the 1923 death of Lady Georgiana Llangattock, wife of local landowner and town benefactor, John Rolls, 1st Baron Llangattock and mother of Charles Rolls, who had amassed the collection of Nelson memorabilia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the late nineteenth century, Lady Llangattock donated a gymnasium in Glendower Street to the town of Monmouth. After her death, the gymnasium reopened as the Nelson Museum in 1924. The museum moved to new quarters in 1969; the building which initially housed it is known as the Nelson Rooms. The collection includes Nelson's naval officers fighting sword (and those of the surrendered French and Spanish naval commanders at Trafalgar), letters from Nelson both to his wife and to Lady Hamilton and various items commemorating Nelson's victories, his Royal Navy career and his visit, with the Hamiltons, to Monmouth town, The Kymin and South Wales. Also on display are commemorative silverware, prints, paintings, glassware, pottery and models of the Battle of Trafalgar. Among the items from Nelson's visit is the table used when he dined at the Kymin Round House.
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  • We went to Monmouth with friends and as something to do we went in to the museum (free but donations gladly accepted). We were pleased to see that part of the museum has an exhibition of Nelson memora...  more »
  • Went in around 12ish and it wasn't busy at all. Half of the museum was shut and only Nelson bit was open. It was OK but seemed crammed in a small space. Some interesting letters but not much else I wo...  more »
  • Very enjoyable displays of: 1. Lord Nelson (who actually had nothing to do with Monmouth !) 2. Nearby Rockfield recording studio based on an ex farm famous for various albums recorded there. With a vi...  more »

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